Sep 20, 2017  –  Sep 22, 2017  |  London

Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) – London, England

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) held the first international Research Transparency and Reproducibility Training (RT2) in London, England September 20-22, 2017. RT2 provides participants with an overview of tools and best practices for transparent and reproducible social science research. The curriculum is developed and delivered by academic leaders in the transparency movement, and space is provided for collaborative work and hands-on skill building. Participants are encouraged to bring existing research questions and ideas based on their own interests to seek support and feedback from instructors and other attendees.

Taught by: Arnaud Vaganay (Meta-Lab, LSE), Kelsey Mulcahy (BITSS), Sean Grant (Rand Corporation), Marjan Bakker (Tilburg University), Rachael Meager (LSE), Nicole Janz (University of Nottingham), Kaitlyn Werner (Carleton University), Danae Roumis (Social Impact), Garret Christensen (BITSS, BIDS), Thomas Leeper (LSE), Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (BITSS), Thomas Kluyver (University of Southampton), Eric-Jan Wagenmakers (University of Amsterdam), and Robbie Van Aert (Tilburg University).


Participants can expect to finish the program with a thorough overview and understanding of best practices for open, reproducible research, allowing them to remain in the vanguard of new scientific frontiers.

Formerly known as the Summer Institute, RT2 will include more hands-on sessions incorporating new tools to facilitate research transparency. In addition to interactive sessions, participants will also be provided a Reading Packet prior to their arrival.


RT2 is designed for researchers across the social science spectrum, with particular emphasis on economics, political science, and psychology. Ideal candidates include: (i) MA and PhD students, (ii) post-docs, (iii) junior faculty, (iv) research staff from organizations interested in using these methods, and (v) journal editors or research funders curious about the implications for their work. Diversity in terms of background and academic discipline is encouraged.

Application Process

To apply, click on the ‘Registration’ tab at the top of this page and follow the listed instructions. Applications should also include the following Supporting Materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Cover Letter including a) why you are interested in the workshop, b) how you might use what you learn to improve transparency practices of other social scientists, c) whether you will need financial support to attend the institute, and d) your current professional status
  • Letter of Reference (optional)

Fee and Financial Support
There are no tuition fees for this workshop. Participant travel support is available for selected participants who indicate this need in their application.

Application Deadline
The closing date for applications is June 22, 2017 PDT (6:59am 23 June GMT). Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than June 30, 2017.

Selection Process
BITSS aims to select no more than 40 participants. With this in mind, the number of applications to RT2 usually exceeds the number of available spaces. BITSS staff will lead the competitive selection process with oversight from the BITSS Scientific Director. Final selection will be based on the quality of application materials, taking into account specific motivations and objectives for participation in RT2, balance across disciplines, gender, and universities, and synergies with other Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) initiatives.